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NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by taharqa2: 10:37am On Aug 25, 2013
The management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Eastern District has commenced full rail services within the precincts after a protracted revitalisation programme by the Federal Government to return the rail system of transport in the country to its glorious days.

NRC’s Eastern District Manager, Mr. Felix Njoku said in a press release issued in Enugu that, "in a bid to revitalise the rail sector in Nigeria, Federal Government awarded contracts for the rehabilitation work of the western and eastern railway lines.

“Most of the track materials required for the eastern line rehabilitation have been imported and delivered to Port Harcourt station. To enhance speed of rehabilitation work, the contractor (ESER West Africa) has successfully connected all the missing sections of the lines between Port Harcourt and Enugu."

Njoku said NRC had deployed one locomotive and several open flat wagons from Enugu to Port Harcourt which confirmed that the major challenges faced on the rehabilitation project had been surmounted.

He said the Nyaba Bridge in Enugu, the reconstruction of the heavy washout at Eziama in Aba and the re-construction of Bridge 3 in Port Harcourt were all completed.

The Eastern District Manager further disclosed that movement of the imported track materials by rail from Port Harcourt to various locations along the eastern railway corridor where they are needed for rehabilitation work has commenced adding that items to be lifted in the operations include; 13,5000 pieces of 12 meter long UIC 50 Rails, 165,000 pieces of steel sleepers, associated fish plates, pandrol clips, bolts and knots.

Managing Director, NRC, Engr. Adeseyi Sijuwade disclosed that the, "delivery of 16,795 tons of railway track materials will result in the removal of 560 Trailer trips from the road, thereby reducing the potential of road accidents and damage to the roads.
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http://www.worldstagegroup.com/worldstagenew/index.php?active=news&newscid=10220&catid=2

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by taharqa2: 10:49am On Aug 25, 2013
From the article, Commercial service has not started yet. The train in question is actually carrying heavy material to fully restore the Entire Eastern Line - PH-Enugu-Makurdi-Jos-Maiduguri, an even longer line compared to the already functional Lagos-Kano Rail Line.

But 2 things are Clear:

-- The terribly dilapidated structures- Bridges, Culverts, Washouts, Tracks, etc- which had stopped trains from moving on the Eastern Line for about 15 years, have been FIXED now as shown in the article;

-- The promise by the NRC that the Eastern Line would be restored before end of 2013 (at least for some of its sections) may be kept afterall.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Maxymilliano(m): 11:03am On Aug 25, 2013
Seem the NRC has finally woken up from a prolong slumber, few years ago, the corporation was reported to be grossly underperforming, with the facilities underutilized, but at this rate of rapid transformations, I see the NRC bouncing back into reckoning to serve as backbone for human and haulage transportation in Nigeria.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by awodman: 12:22pm On Aug 25, 2013
Maxymilliano: Seem the NRC has finally woken up from a prolong slumber, few years ago, the corporation was reported to be grossly underperforming, with the facilities underutilized, but at this rate of rapid transformations, I see the NRC bouncing back into reckoning to serve as backbone for human and haulage transportation in Nigeria.
I heard that before the recent transformation,if you ask an NRC staff where he works he will tell you he works in Ministry of Transport gringringrin

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Nobody: 12:27pm On Aug 25, 2013
Great. Nigeria is on the move, one step at a time.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by hunter21(m): 12:30pm On Aug 25, 2013
i suspect that if not the insecuirity from benue to maiduguri, work on that part of the railway would have gone a long way by now.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by hunter21(m): 12:30pm On Aug 25, 2013
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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by gramci: 12:43pm On Aug 25, 2013
Where are the evil men of nairaland

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by nku5: 1:30pm On Aug 25, 2013
That's great news. During Nigeria 99 Youth World Cup me and some of my school buddies travelled from Enugu to PH on that same track to watch a match. Its amazing how quickly it deteriorated after the tournament. What's important is for the thing to be MAINTAINED. That's the real victory.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Nobody: 2:58pm On Aug 25, 2013
This fresh air is too good.
It can ressurect a dead man.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 3:08pm On Aug 25, 2013
Yesterday I said "next destination is the Eastern Line" and today I saw this. So now I'll say, next destination is the Central Line (Itakpe to Warri). (Let's see if the magic will work again).

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by taharqa2: 3:37pm On Aug 25, 2013
maxwello.yg:
This fresh air is too good.
It can ressurect a dead man.

lol.....
Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Symphony007: 3:48pm On Aug 25, 2013
If the trains are anything like the lagos-kano axis. Then the government can go Bleep itself.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by SNOWWHITE240(m): 3:51pm On Aug 25, 2013
what i need is fast speed trains like dos obtained in europe not dis dis locomotives

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by ochejoseph(m): 3:59pm On Aug 25, 2013
Friday - conatiner rail freight commencement after 17 years of No Show

Saturday - Enugu international Airport comences first international flight

Sunday - eastern rail way link commence operations after 12 years on ground zero

72 hours of Gods faithfulness this country is heading in the right direction

GOD BLESS NIGERIA

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by talktimi(m): 4:02pm On Aug 25, 2013
Bad belle people are here already grin una welcome o
Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Symphony007: 4:11pm On Aug 25, 2013
talktimi: Bad belle people are here already grin una welcome o
thank you my dear. Our journey here was smooth.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by taharqa: 5:13pm On Aug 25, 2013
naptu2: Yesterday I said "next destination is the Eastern Line" and today I saw this. So now I'll say, next destination is the Central Line (Itakpe to Warri). (Let's see if the magic will work again).
The Rail track for this Standard RailLine has now finali been COMPLETELY LAID (after more than 20 yrs) by Julius Berger, up to Warri/Aladja its final stop. I will post a link of a Test train moving on the completed track later......What they are doing now is to construct other Auxillary infrastructure like Navigational and Signaling Aids, as well as d 5 Train Stations (I think at Itakpe, Ajaokuta, Ore, Agbor and Warri) along its path...

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by BrokenTV: 5:50pm On Aug 25, 2013
GEJ ikuku ndu, GEJ ikuku oma, chiri anyi gaba, onye o diro mma ya ku isi na okwute.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Tuntheycr7: 6:11pm On Aug 25, 2013
I can tel u dat d fisherman pikin de try rcently on xport system bt we wnt lyk to see dat man wt hat in power by 2015.
Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by talktimi(m): 6:35pm On Aug 25, 2013
Symphony007: thank you my dear. Our journey here was smooth.
seems you're suffering from guilty conscience since i no call person name grin anyways enjoy your stay here its all fun
Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Freeanijoo(m): 7:07pm On Aug 25, 2013
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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by olabukola: 7:27pm On Aug 25, 2013
SNOWWHITE240: what i need is fast speed trains like dos obtained in europe not dis dis locomotives
u no see European embassy go collect visa go d enjoy their train.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by Standing5(m): 7:53pm On Aug 25, 2013
Nice! Let the Fresh Air team learn from and follow the more progressive minded administrators. At least he now knows how much some real project cost and not just sitting down like say 'na Waterside him dey'. Look at Bayelsa and their budget if you think i am lying.
Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by adino(m): 10:37pm On Aug 25, 2013
gramci: Where are the evil men of nairaland


Do you mean ""The Collective Children Of Anger"

They are waiting for the emir of twitter (hell rufai) to update his tweet so they can copy and paste on NL. The others are still celebrating on the 150 kabu kabu thread. But the remnants are here o.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 5:25am On Aug 26, 2013
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The name "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "track".



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EMD AEM-7 #924 with the Silver Meteor on the Northeast Corridor. The AEM-7s began entering service in 1980.


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The Auto Train passing through Folkston, Georgia in 2005.


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Passengers ride either in coach seats or private sleeping car rooms while their vehicles (car, van, sport utility vehicle, motorcycle, small trailer, or jet-ski) are carried in enclosed automobile-carrying freight cars, called autoracks. The train also includes lounge cars and dining cars. The Auto Train service allows its passengers to avoid driving Interstate 95 in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, while bringing their own vehicle with them.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UarUc39_P_U

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 5:27am On Aug 26, 2013
The key terms are "diesel" and "General Electric" (GE).
Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 5:30am On Aug 26, 2013
[size=14pt]GE’s $1B Investment In Cross River: Sambo, Imoke, Angbazor Lead Groundbreaking Ceremony[/size]

19/06/2013 05:53:00 THEWILL

[img]http://thewillnigeria.com/thumbnail.php?file=ngf13_514021300.jpg&size=article_medium[/img]

L-R; PHEL GRIFFTH OF GENERAL ELECTRIC; MINISTER OF POWER PROF. CHINNEDU NEBO; MR. SAMUEL ARTOM; VP NAMADI SAMBO; GOV LIYEL IMOKE & VICE CHAIRMAN G.E, MR. JOHN RICE DURING THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF GENERAL ELECTRIC'S FACILITY IN CALBAR. JUNE 18, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, (THEWILL) - Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo; Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke; General Electric’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lazarus Agbazor; and Vice Chairman, GE, Mr. John Rice, Tuesday led the groundbreaking ceremony of General Electric's $1bn (N160B) multi model service and manufacturing facility located at the Calabar Free Trade zone.
 
In 2009, General Electric signed a landmark country-to-company agreement with the Federal Government aimed at forging a strategic partnership that will see the two parties working together on high growth opportunities and investments in support of vision 2020 and in January, 2013, the federal government and GE of the United States sealed the $1bn investment for the establishment of a new manufacturing and assembly facility in Calabar.
 
Also at the groundbreaking ceremony were the Global Supply Chair Leader of GE, Mr. Phel Griffith; Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo; and Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Mr. Samuel Artom.
 
Faith played itself out when the initiative of the Governor, then serving Minister of Power and Steel was instrumental to the setting up of a framework where an MOU was signed between GE and FGN mandating GE to setup a plant in Nigeria way back in 2004. GE settled for Calabar, Cross River State without any influence from the State Government.
 
In the words Governor Imoke, “Cross River State has remained at the fore-front of Tourism and Hospitality Development. Over the years we have consistently invested in the development of policies that accelerate the development of the State’s economy. This no doubt has further positioned the State as a first choice for investors. GE which is the 3rd biggest company in the world is joining other investors in tapping into an economy that is ready for the future. Ours is a natural fit.”
 
According to Mr. Nzan Ogbe, Special Adviser, Governors Office, the state was chosen because of its exceptional enabling business climate for investment as well as supporting infrastructure such as functional sea and airports, free trade zone and a well articulated investment policy.
 
THEWILL affirms that Cross River State is also the most secure state in Nigeria with a crime rate of less than 2% and a fully integrated emergency response centre that is fully operational.
 
[size=13pt]The plant would be designed for the manufacture of generator turbines for power plants, coaches for trains, engines for aircrafts as well as hospital equipment, among others.[/size]
 
Also with General Electric setting up in Calabar, it would attract a lot of other investment from allied companies who typically follow GE’s lead as their risk assessment and endorsement of Calabar mitigates any risk hitherto envisaged by potential investors as Cross Rivers due diligence mechanism is world class.
 
In consonance with GE setting up a manufacturing plant in the state, other multinationals in the last one year have done same viz; Wilmar group, Songhai Farms, Dansa, UPDC investing in housing development (Golf Estate) and ARM investing in the hotel and hospitality sector (CICC hotel).
 
The Special adviser, Investment promotions, Mr. Gerald Ada, also noted that according to GE’s due diligence of Cross River State, about 300 Nigerian professional engineers and technicians would be employed in the GE factory, and that provision would be made for the training of young Nigerians through the company’s technology transfer programme.

http://thewillnigeria.com/breaking/21486.html

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 5:34am On Aug 26, 2013
There is an error in the article above. General Electric, at their Calabar plant, are going to make both coaches and engines for NRC trains.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 5:35am On Aug 26, 2013
They are also going to help the NRC to rehabilitate their Ebute Metta workshop, so that coaches and engines can be assembled there.

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Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 5:37am On Aug 26, 2013
So far we've been discussing heavy rail. The heavy rail trains carry both goods and passengers, while the light rail (high speed) rail trains carry only passengers.
Re: NRC Successfully Connects Ph-enugu Rail Line, Train Move 1st Time In 12 Years by naptu2: 5:48am On Aug 26, 2013
naptu2: I hope I don't get banned by the anti-spam bot.

There are two complaints that recur:

1) The trains are old.

2) We need high speed rail services.

Well, in response to (1) above, General Electric are building a plant in Calabar where new train engines and coaches will be built for the NRC.

In response to (2), I believe that we need a mix of train services and it seems that governments across the country are working to get us that mix. We need:

A) Heavy rail to carry goods. This will reduce costs, encourage investors, increase the lifespan of our roads, etc.


2) High speed passenger trains. This will reduce journey time, reduce travel costs and give citizens a choice (train vs plane vs road), etc.


3) Metro. To decongest our roads, improve productivity and efficiency, etc.

2)

A) Heavy rail: This thread is about improvements in the heavy rail network. Rail lines and services that were dormant are being revived (including the rail links to Apapa and Port Harcourt Quays). This move is very important for our economy.

Goods like wheat, cement, mattresses, petroleum products, etc are now being transported by trains. This makes it cheaper for manufacturers to move raw materials directly from the port to their facilities and move finished goods the other way. It also makes life easier for importers.

Wempco has set up its steel factory in Lagos. It needs iron to be able to produce sheet steel. The iron mines are at Itakpe in Kogi State. The dilemma is how to transport iron from Itakpe to Lagos. Well, the Iddo-Kano rail line will have a branch that leads to Itakpe. The revival of the rail system makes life easier for Wempco.

One of the problems we've had with the heavy rail system is that the Colonial Government laid narrow gauge tracks, which are very slow. I read of a reception for Lord Lugard in which the Resident (colonial administrator) complained that he needed standard gauge rail tracks because the trains were so slow that sacks of groundnuts were being built up into pyramids in Kano rather than being conveyed to the port in Lagos.

Standard gauge tracks are now being laid.


B) High speed rail: The proposal for a high speed rail link between Lagos and Abuja has been made since the Obasanjo era. Now the government is getting Chinese help to build it.

naptu2: The major new rail lines that have been planned are (in no particular order)

1) The East-West rail line

2) The line to Abuja

3) The high speed rail line from Abuja to Lagos.

At the moment they are rehabilitating existing lines, but one of the reasons GEJ went to China last week is to get a loan for the line to Abuja (and the Abuja metro).




The future


However, these high speed trains do not carry goods.

C) Metro: This is very important, particularly in the big cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt. The Lagos and Abuja metro systems are currently being built, but I hear that the Port-Harcourt Monorail project is experiencing some difficulties.

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